Duncans in Washington Co. TN


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised December 22, 2006


Service Records 1784-1811 (copy from National Archives from Stuart Duncan 11/1988) (MAD: son of Charles & Luranah)
      #146 Duncan, Marshall (Washington Co.)
      Murray's Co., Christian's Regiment of Militia, Territory South of the Ohio.; 1793. Private. (Card numbers 43202551, 43202616)
      Marshall Duncan was on a pay roll of a company of infantry commanded by Morgan Murray, of the Regiment of Washington County Militia, Territory South of the Ohio for Aug. 31 to Dec 3, 1793. Roll dated Knoxville Aug 6, 1795 (sic). Commencement of service: Aug. 31, 1793; Expiration of service: Dec 3, 1793; Term of Service charged, 3 months 4 days.; Pay per month 3 dollars; Amount of pay, 9 dollars, 40 cents.
      Marshall Duncan, pvt. Muster Roll of a company of infantry commaned by Morgan Murray, in the Regiment of Washington County Militia, Territory South of the Ohio, commaned by Gilbert Christian, Esq. for Aug 31 to Dec. 3, 1793; Roll dated Knoxville Dec 3, 1793; At what time engaged: Aug. 31 1793; At what time discharged: Dec. 3, 1793; Present or absent: present

Service Records 1784-1811 (copy from National Archives from Stuart Duncan 11/1988) (MAD: son of Charles & Luranah)
      #148 Duncan, Rolla (Washington Co.)
      Murray's Co. Christian's Regiment of Militia, Territory South of the Ohio. 1793. Private (Card numbers 43202587, 43202652)
      Muster Roll of a company of infantry commanded by Morgan Murray, in the Regiment of Washington County Militia, Territory South of the Ohio, commanded by Gilbert Christian, Esq. for August 31 1793. Roll dated Knoxville, (too faint), 1793. Remarks: Joyned the Dragoon Company.
      Payroll: of a company of infantry commanded by Morgan Murray, of the Regiment of Washington County Militia, Territory South of the Ohio for Aug. 31 to Dec. 3, 1793. Roll dated Knoxville Aug. 4, 1793.

ANTHONY DUNKIN, S-1808, Invalid, TN (FHL film 970,867; from National Archives; and extract from June Ricketts 11/1985)
      Greene Co. TN, 25 Oct. 1832, Affidavit of Anthony Dunkin, aged 88, Entered Militia service; was citizen of Augusta Co. VA, volunteered under Capt. Cunningham and served 12 months at Ford Dinwiddie; does not recollect the year or month in which he entered service; discharge is lost; he again was drafted and served 3 months under Capt. Trigg, Col. Preston, marched from Montgomery Co. VA to NC and fought at Guilford Courthouse and Whitesils? Hill at Shallow Ford of Yadkin, he knew Majors Cloyd and Sawyers; he was born in Lancaster Co. PA 1743 or 4 but has no record of age; moved to Augusta Co. VA, then to Montgomery Co. VA, then after Rev. to Washington Co. TN, then to Greene Co. TN where he has lived for past 30 years. Testimony by Edwin Grubs and Azariah Doty.
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JOSEPH DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-1809 (from National Archives; also on FHL film 970,864)
      Applied 14 Sept. 1832, age almost 81, in Washington Co. TN; volunteered summer 1774 in Wythe Co. VA under Capt. Joseph Crocket, Col. Andrew Lewis, Lt. Col. Charles Lewis, for 5 months; enlisted summer 1775 from Wythe Co. VA under Capt. Crocket, Col. Woodford, transferred to Col. James Morgan for 2 years; witnesses William P. Chester and Leroy Taylor of Washington Co. to reputation.
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ROBERT DUNCAN, Revolutionary War Pension Application S-21167; S-29612 (FHL film 970,864; and from Lenox Baker 12/1980)
      Age 73 on 13 Oct. 1834; lived Randolph Co. NC, when entered the service; drafted 3 mos about 2 mos before battle of Guilford in 1782(?); guarded corn in Randolph Co. After discharge, enlisted 2 mos to count as 3 mos. Then moved into Washington Co. TN, on Wattauga River. In the Fall, draft of men against the Cherokee Indians. This was in the Fall of 1780(?). "He entered the service this time as a substitute for his cousin Charles Duncan who had been drafted for three months." Served not less than two months. Depositions of Elias Allread, Sr. of Hall Co. GA on 11 June 1834; and John Duncan of Hall Co. GA on 14 July 1834. Robert born Randolph Co. NC on 14 June 1762; record of age in family bible. Lived SC since 2 years after end of Revolution where he now lives; known to Earle Hunt and Jno. Young Esq. who live in the neighborhood and can testify as to his character for veracity and their belief in his service as a soldier of the revolution. Depositions by William King clergyman and Jno. Young of Greenville SC. Paid to 4 ---- 1842.
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Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, John, widow Duncan, Nancy E.; C 4 Tenn. Inf.; 1885 Dec. 11, Invalid Appl. #557767, Cert. #395161; 1923 Nov. 30, Widow Appl. #1212644, Cert. #944171, Tenn. (MAD: Carter & Washington Co. TN; see Anderson Co. TN)
      Duncan, Joseph, widow Duncan, Mattie; E 4 Tenn. Inf.; 1890 May 6, Invalid Appl. #773416, Cert. #617814, MO; 1919 Aug. 25, Widow Appl. #1146392? (or #1046392?), Cert. #895467, Tenn.; remarks XC972714. (MAD: Carter & Washington Co. TN)

TN Confederate Pension Application
      #6733, J.G. Duncan, filed March 15, 1905, accepted, died February 6, 1936; applicant J.G. Duncan, b. TN, res. Limestone, Washington Co. TN, member Co.G, 60th Reg. TN Vol. Inf. Mounted; disabled, spinal column badly strained while on duty at Gillems stampede at Bulls Gap in 1864; b. Sullivan Co. TN 1844; enlisted fall 1862, Col. Crawford's Regt., Capt. Joseph Crawford, Bijah Buckalew 1st Lieut., Benjamin Keys 2nd Lieut.; took oath of allegiance at Nashville TN by orders of the dominant authority; family consists of me and my wife, she age 60, 5 boys and 3 girls, own 12 acres poor land value $200; lived in TN all my life; /s/ 14 Feb. 1904; wit. J. Fain Anderson, W.G. (X) Greenway; W.G. Greenway and J. Fain Anderson have lived near neighbors since the war. (FHL film 969,784)
      #7202, George R. Duncan, filed July 12, 1905, accepted; applicant Geo. R. Duncan, native of TN, res. Fall Branch, Washington Co. TN; in Co.I, 63rd TN Inf.; wounded at Battle of Chickamanga, GA, and Beans Station, TN; born Sullivan Co. TN, Feby. 9, 1848; enlisted Aug. 1862 at Jonesboro, TN, in Capt. James Gillispie's Co. and Col. Fains Regt., 63rd TN Inf.; wounded in right hip and leg; took oath of allegiance, was taken to Nashville some time in June 1865; have been married, living with 5 children, ages 31, 25, 23, 20 and 10; 4 are girls, the youngest a boy age 10; own 15 acres, about 4 of which can be cultivated, worth 7 or 8 hundred dollars, about 50 acres on which house is, and 10 or 12 acres of Knob land; lived TN all my life; /s/ 3 July 1905; wit. Joseph P. Lyle, A.H. Bullock. Letter Aug. 11, 1915, to Dr. Orgie Duncan, already recd. the sad news of your father's death. Affidavit by Jno. A. Gammon? ... Geo. Rice Duncan. Letter July 30, 1915, from J.E. Nelms, Dr. Geo. R. Duncan of this place (Fall Branch) committed suicide July 28, '15; his wife is dead; his dau. "(Miss Tom Duncan)" kept house and took care of him. Letter, my old comrad George Rice Duncan, at the time of his parole he had just past seventeen years, having been veteran soldier for more than 3 years. (FHL film 969,787)

TN Civil War Questionnaire, Federal Soldiers (FHL film 975,591)
      These questionnaires were sent by TN Historical Committee to all living Civil War Veterans about 1914-1915, and vary a little in format. Not all were returned by the veterans. They are about four pages long, a printed form to fill in the blanks. A name index was printed in Ansearchin News, Vol.25, sent by Evelyn Sigler; the TN State Library & Archives has either the originals or a copy.
      This questionnaire contains 46 questions, many about his parents' home and work, many about his own home and work as a boy, some about servants and the feeling in his area about slaves and slave-holders, his schools, and his service in the War, such as experiences in battles, and the names & addresses of other men in his company.
      Duncan, William Franklin, Co. M, 4th TN Cavalry.
      TN Historical Committee Questionnaire, filled in by William Franklin Duncan, of Tasso, [Bradley Co.] TN, age 80 years and 4 months, born in Ashe now Alleghany Co. NC, a Federal Soldier in Civil War in Co. M, 4th TN Cavalry, 4th Regiment TN Cavalry Volunteers; credited to Washington Co. TN. (see also Carroll Co. TN)
      7. Father: a farmer, George Washington Duncan, born at Sparta, Ashe now Alleghaney Co., NC; lived in Ashe Co. NC and Washington Co. TN; he was a farmer and ex Mexican Volunteer.
      8. Mother: Jane Elizabeth Edwards, daughter of William Edwards and his wife Nancy Edwards, who lived near Gap Civil Ashe Co. NC.
      9. Remarks on Ancestry: John Duncan, great grand father, a soldier of Revolutionary War 1776, John Duncan grand father soldier of 1812, George W. Duncan father volunteer Mexican War. William Edwards great grand father an Englishman first lived? in NY, William Edwards grand father first settled in Penn and then in NC. Nancy Edwards and Duncan was from Ireland.
      Father owned a farm; did not own slaves; owned about 100 acres, value $500; occupied common country log house. Father George W. Duncan was a farmer owned land and mill, worked the farm and ran the mill at times. Mother done house work, cooking, spring? and weaving, making own wearing apparel. No slaves, only domestic white girls.
      William F. Duncan enlisted for Co. M, 4th Regt. TN Cavalry, US Army, May 6, 1864, and credited to Washington Co. TN; was offered $750 to be credited to NY City as substitute for NY; after enlistment Co. sent first to Nashville, TN, to Camp Catlett (more on battles); discharged July 12, 1865 at Nashville, TN; landed at home in Jonesborro, Washington Co. TN, in July 1865.
      Others in Company: William F. Duncan, John Duncan, ...
      Added letter: 1/1 (?) 1923, to Honorable John Trotswood Moore, Director, Nashville, TN: In reply to yours of March? date I give you further history of myself. After the Civil War I was 1st Lieut. of Co. E, 2nd Regt. NC State Troops and ?? of the Regt. and was elected Lieut. Colonel of same. I married Martha Jane Hensley Sept. 28, 1865. She was mother of one son, David Washington Duncan, borned March 24th 1867. He was a member of lower house of Tennessee Legislature. He was killed by Rail Road train near Cleveland, Tennessee, March 24, 1922. On his birth day on a crossing. He was stock inspector for Tennessee appointed by Capt. Peck and Governor A.A. Taylor?. /s/ William F. Duncan, Tasso, TN.
      Second added letter: 1/1 (?) 1923, same address: On March the 12th 1871 I was married to Malissa Christina Briggs. She was the mother of Martha E. Duncan borned 8-13 1873 now living, John Thomas Duncan born Janay (sic) 21 1877 living, William L. Duncan 1-17-1879 living, Marvin D. Duncan 11-22-1881 dead 7-6-1903, Isham F. Duncan 1-1-1884 living, Oscar L. Duncan 2-16-1886 died at Donelson Tenn 3-31-1921, Fredric R. Duncan April 8-1889 dead 6-8-1890, Evan P. Duncan 2-12-1892 now living. My wife Malissa Chistina (sic) Duncan died Nov. 5 1921 members of the Christian Church. I am yours William F. Duncan, Tasso Tennessee.

Civil War Pension Application WO #1,013,900 of John M. Duncan (copy from Joyce Colliflower 2/1989; see complete in Hawkins Co. TN)
      17 Nov.? 1879, Declaration for Original Invalid Pension, Washington Co. TN, John M. Duncan, aged 38 years, resident of Hawkins Co. TN; he entered service under the name of John M. Duncan on 5 February 1863 as private in Co. B, 4th Regiment, TN Cav. Vols. commanded by Capt. Thos. H. Easley; discharged at Nashville, TN on 12 July 1865 by reason of SO No. 69 DPCS authority for TN troops; personal description: age 38; 5 ft 10"; complexion fair; hair dark; eyes blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and the line of duty at Coldwater, MS on or about 11 Feby 1864 received injury to spine by being thrown from his horse. That he was not treated in hospital; was treated by Dr. Elijah Hale Asst. Regimental surgeon in camp for said injury. Since leaving service has resided in the counties of Sullivan, Hawkins & Green in the state of TN except one year in the state of Illinois ... Occupation has been farmer. P.O. Address Falls Branch, Washington Co. TN. ...
      7 Jan. 1908, Declaration for Pension. Elbert Co. CO, John M. Duncan, 66 years of age, and a resident of Keysor P.O., Elbert Co. Colorado, the identical person who was enrolled at Barren County KY under the name of John M. Duncan on 5 February 1863 as a corporal, in Company B, 4th Tennessee Cavalry in the service of the US in the Civil War, and was honarably discharged at Nashville, Tennessee on the 12th day of July 1865. That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the US otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was Height 5 ft 10 In, complexion light, eyes blue; hair dark; that his occupation was farmer; that he was born June 22, 1841, at Washington Co. TN. That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Jonesboro, TN up til 1875, then he moved to Mount Vernon IL in 1875, Sugar City CO in 1904, Kiowa, Elbert Co. CO. That he has heretofore applied for pension 350246. That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the US under the provisions of the act of Feb 6, 1907. That his post-office address is Keysor, Elbert Co. CO. /s/ John M. Duncan. Wit. R.L. Brown, Edgar Brewer, both residents of Elbert Co., who have known him 1-1/2 years each. ...
      ... (Attached?) Marriage certificate, Washington Co. TN, John M. Duncan and Miss Bertie Dykes m. by Rev. C.T. Swift on 3 June 1903, rec. Book 5, page 115. 27 Nov. 1916.


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